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Mezcal Creates Jobs in Mexico

A mezcalero, or mezcal producer stands beside a fire that heats the still where the mezcal is made. Photo by Lorne Matalon.

In many villages in rural Mexico, family life has been torn apart by the exodus of people to the United States. The Pew Research Center says 12 million people, about 15% of Mexico's labor force, lives across the U.S. - legally or otherwise.  But the economic downturn in the U.S. led some migrants to return to mexico. For a few lucky ones, there is work back home. That's the case in one remote village in Southern Mexico, where an unexpected rise in the popularity of a traditional drink is bringing some people home. From the Sierra Madre of Oaxaca, Lorne Matalon reports for Marfa Public Radio.